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Thomas H. Eagan of Plantation, Florida was arrested Friday after he fled police in his vehicle, driving the wrong way on the highway and injuring an officer and at least one civilian in the process, news sources report. An officer who was dragged a short distance by Eagen’s vehicle sustained minor injuries, while a passenger on a motorcycle that Eagen allegedly crashed into on the highway sustained serious injuries and was taken to a trauma center. Eagan, 39, was booked into police custody on charges of grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding, and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. Reports did not specify a defense attorney for Eagan.

According to reports, the whole thing began at around 5:00 Friday morning at a parking lot at 17021 Northwest 27th Avenue, in Miami Gardens. An officer ran the plate number of the car Eagan was driving and discovered the car had been stolen, sources say. The officer and Eagan apparently engaged in conversation, but somehow a fight ensued and Eagan got back into his car and fled. The officer somehow got caught on Eagan’s vehicle and was dragged through the lot, sources say. The officer soon came free and was not seriously injured.

Eagan continued to flee and picked up a tail of police vehicles, sources say. Eagan allegedly proceeded northbound on the southbound express lane of Interstate 95 in order to shake off the police. Officers were forced to call of the pursuit, as it against police procedure to follow a suspect onto the opposing lanes of an expressway; doing so puts the suspect and the other drivers’ lives at risk.
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Nilesh Shetty, Theodora Minkova, and Ira Yavarkovsky were involved in a Boca Raton, Florida crash Thursday, news sources report. Shetty, 31, and Minkova, 33, were reportedly riding a scooter when Yarvakovsky, 72, struck them with her car. The pair sustained critical injuries and was rushed to the Delray Medical Center. Yavarkovsky, of Delray Beach, was not injured. It is too early to tell whether she will be charged or cited for the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the incident. It is unclear whether the victims will file for damages.

According to reports, the collision occurred along the 700 block of West Yamato Road in Boca Raton, between I-95 and Congress Avenue. Yamato Road is a six-lane expressway, centered by a grassy median, that runs the entire width of Boca Raton. According to a City of Boca Crash Report, there were 37 crashes at the intersection of West Yamato Road and Congress Avenue in 2009, making it a high-risk area.

This latest accident occurred around 12:00 Thursday, reports indicate. Sources say Shetty and passenger Minkova were on a 2012 TaoTao scooter traveling eastbound on West Yamato Road. Yavarkovsky was behind the wheel of her 2011 Lincoln, eastbound on Yamato Road. While what happened next is still somewhat unclear, but reports say Yavarkovsky struck Shetty’s scooter.
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Karen Murphy of Lantana, Florida was killed and Tandy Poehl was injured in a boating accident in the Intracoastal Waterway on Sunday, news sources report. Murphy, 42, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Poehl, 50, sustained shoulder injuries and has already been released from the hospital. Christina Jones, 43, was also in the crash, but reports did not specify whether she was injured. Police are currently conducting an investigation; it appears as though a problem with the boat may be at fault. It is unclear whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 4:00 Sunday afternoon in Manalapan, on the Intracoastal Waterway near the Ocean Avenue Bridge. Murphy and Poehl were passengers and Jones was driving the boat, a 1995 Dusky.

As Jones was driving by a nearby dock, the vessel suddenly took a sharp right-hand turn; it is still not clear how this happened. The jolt threw Jones and Murphy overboard and pushed Poehl towards the front of the boat. Poehl was able to get to the controls and pull back the throttle, sources say.

Murphy and Poehl were both taken to the hospital following the crash. Sadly, Murphy was pronounced dead upon arrival. Reports say Poehl had injuries to her shoulder; she has since been treated and released. The press did not say whether Jones was injured.
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Alexander Gomez-Jimenez of Pembroke Pines, Florida was arrested Sunday after he was accused of insulting and assaulting two men and their pet dog, news sources report. Gomez-Jimenez, 30, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on one count of animal cruelty and two counts of battery; the battery charges were classified in court as hate crimes. A judge ordered that Gomez-Jimenez be held without bail bond. The press did not say whether Gomez-Jimenez had hired a defense attorney.

Since 1999, Gomez-Jimenez has been arrested over 20 times, sources say. This year, Gomez-Jimenez purportedly pled no contest to a charge of public brawling; a judge sentenced him to probation for six months. During the summer, Gomez-Jimenez was arrested three times for allegedly trespassing at the Pembroke Lakes Mall; trial for those charges are still pending. No details of the cases are currently available. Gomez-Jimenez does not appear to have committed any hate crimes in the past.

This latest incident occurred late Sunday in the 2200 block of Buttonwood Avenue in Pembroke Pines. Reports say Gomez-Jimenez confronted two men of Cuban descent who were walking a boxer. “You said ‘You stupid Cubans, I hate Cubans.’ [And] at that point, you kicked the dog, causing it to yelp in pain,” a Broward County judge reportedly said during Gomez-Jimenez’s hearing.

Sources say Gomez-Jimenez proceeded to lash out at the two victims, throwing punches and kicks, some of which struck the victims’ faces. The victims were able to fend off the attack and flee the scene to get help. Based on reports, the two victims sustained minor injuries to their faces; it is not clear whether they required medical attention for their injuries. The dog was not hurt in a significant way, sources say.
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A Pompano Beach, Florida bicyclist was critically injured after he reportedly crashed into a turning car and was run over on Wednesday, news sources report. Information regarding the 50 to 60-year-old victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. The victim was taken to Broward Health North for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the incident; so far, it does not appear as though charges have been filed. It is not clear whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 9:00 Wednesday morning at the intersection of South Dixie Highway and Southwest Second Street in Pompano Beach. Dixie Highway is a key highway that cuts through several Broward County cities; the highway has four lanes and is centered by two yellow lines. Center turning lanes are also frequent on the highway, especially in areas with shopping plazas and intersections.

“The bicyclist was a male, approximately 50 to 60 years old,” a Broward County Sheriff’s spokesperson explained to the press. According to reports, the victim’s bicycle was equipped with a small motor, but the motor was not turned on when emergency crews responded to the scene. “The bicyclist was riding south on [South] Dixie Highway, and the car was making a turn to head west on [Southwest] Second Street,” she reportedly stated. [The bicyclist] struck a car and was seriously injured.”
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